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Gabe Vincent's parents and ethnicity as Miami Heat star continues to shine

Joshua Rogers May 19, 2022
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As the Heat point guard continues to impress during the Eastern Conference Finals, we find out more about Gabe Vincent’s parents and ethnicity.

Miami Heat point guard Gabe Vincent continues to excel in his starting role in place of the injured Kyle Lowry. The 25-year-old has made seven starts this postseason and showed out in Game 1 of Miami’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Boston Celtics.

Vincent finished the game with 17 points and went five-for-ten from the field including three-for-seven from three point range. He added two rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 34 minutes of play, and was an integral part of the Heat’s 118-107 win.

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Gabe Vincent’s ethnicity in more detail

Gabe Vincent’s ethnicity is Nigerian-American, although he was born in Modesto, California, on 15 June 1996.

Vincent played college basketball for UC Santa Barbara from 2014 to 2018 and has represented the Nigerian men’s basketball team at international level.

The guard represented Nigeria at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. Furthermore Vincent, playing under his Nigerian name Nnamdi, led Team Nigeria to a win over Team USA in Las Vegas last summer. Playing against the likes of Kevin Durant and Heat teammate Bam Adebayo, Vincent had a game-high 21 points.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who was at the game, had this to say (per The Athletic): “He can say, our one time playing against the USA team, he was the best player on the floor. That’s pretty incredible.”

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What we know about Gabe Vincent’s parents

As mentioned, the Heat star is Nigerian-American. Gabe Vincent’s parents are father, Franklyn, who was born in Nigeria, and mother Cynthia, who is from Connecticut. Cynthia reportedly moved to California in the 1980s, which is where she met Franklyn.

Per Contemporary Approaches, Franklyn and Cynthia both earned doctorates in psychology. Gabe’s mother has her own psychology practice, while his father runs a Foster Family Agency. Gabe says that growing up with parents who have a doctorate in psychology helped him in his everyday life interacting with people.

Vincent is also a man of Faith, and it has played a huge part in his upbringing. “I believe in God,” he said. “And I give thanks to him daily. My grandfather was a pastor in Nigeria, so faith runs deep in my family. It helps to set the foundation and make you have some reference to accountability. It plays a huge part in my life and success.”

Gabe remains close to his parents and they are extremely supportive of his basketball career.

Gabe is the youngest of three brothers and the family can often be seen on his Instagram. He shared a photo with his family, including his parents, at Christmas:

He has also shared other photos of time spent with his family:

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.